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Austrian far-right presidential candidate poised for victory

Austria is braced for this weekend's presidential election, when Europe's first far-right leader since the Second World War could be voted into power.

Norbert Hofer goes head-to-head with opponent Alexander Van der Bellen in a re-run of the vote held on May 22.

Van der Bellen edged out the far-right Freedom Party leader by 30,000 votes seven months ago.

But then the country’s Supreme Court stepped in, decided that there had been irregularities in the way the postal votes had been opened and counted, and ordered a re-run.

Mr Hofer told ITV News his chances were "50/50" and dismissed the influence of Brexit and Trump's victory on the Austrian election.

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